Naked And Afraid Season 14: Release Date, Cast, And New Details

Have you ever asked the classic survival question: "If you're stranded in the wilderness, what two things would you bring with you?" You probably thought that clothes were automatically in the equation. However, that was never true for "Naked and Afraid" contestants.

"Naked and Afraid" is one of the most — if not the most — peculiar and intense competition series on television. For either 14 or 21 days, two contestants meet for the first time and survive in an extreme environment, Discovery notes. The pair must work together to build a shelter, forage for food, hunt animals, and find water. And they have to do all of that without clothes.

The Discovery channel hit wrapped up its 13th season in September 2021, which consisted of just six episodes, per Amazon Prime. The finale followed two fans in South Africa who attempted a 14-day challenge amidst cape buffalo, heavy rains, and unpredictable temperatures. Of course, the exciting finale satiated "Naked and Afraid" fans for only a little while. Now, viewers are wondering just how long it will be before Season 14 debuts on Discovery+.

When is the release date for Season 14?

As of October 18, 2021, Discovery has yet to announce a release date for Season 14 of "Naked and Afraid." However, this doesn't mean that the network has canceled the series. It's likely that an announcement hasn't been made because Season 13 just ended on September 5, 2021 (via Amazon Prime).

To figure out when the next season will probably be announced, we can look at the patterns of previous seasons. The last episode of Season 12, for example, aired on April 18, 2021, per Next Season TV. The first episode of Season 13 aired on August 1, 2021. As a result, we can likely expect Discovery to make a formal announcement about Season 14 in the fall or winter of 2021.

In addition, the next season of "Naked and Afraid" may be delayed because of the show spinoff, "Naked and Afraid of Love." The romantic version of the series began on August 29, 2021, and the last episode aired on October 16, 2021 (per Amazon Prime). Plus, "Afraid of Love" was renewed for a Season 2, as noted by Deadline.

With this in mind, it makes it even more likely that a new season of "Naked and Afraid" won't be announced until 2022. Some fans suspect that the original series may eventually be replaced by its new romantic counterpart. However, others think that it's too early to tell.

The Season 14 cast of Naked and Afraid

As Discovery hasn't announced when the 14th season of "Naked and Afraid" will debut, the network likely hasn't started casting for it, either. The casting process takes quite some time because producers must look through thousands and thousands of applications, Glossyfied explains.

In addition, a casting director for the series revealed to Channel Guide Mag in 2015 that the show takes applications through an online portal. The casting director stated that the number of applicants increases every year, but very few of them are actually qualified. Each person who participates in the show must have excellent survival experience. For instance, applicants should be able to show producers that they know how to start a fire in more ways than one. They should also have decent shelter-making and foraging skills.

While plenty of newcomers will grace Season 14, fans may see a few familiar faces when the next episodes of "Naked and Afraid" debut. For instance, Extra points out that Season 13 of the series brought back Fernando Calderon and Dani Beauchemin, who were both previously on "Naked and Afraid XL."

New details

In addition to coordinating a huge casting process, the "Naked and Afraid" showrunners will have to establish new locations for Season 14. This may seem impossible at this point, as the show has visited 35 countries on six continents so far, via People. Though the producers may choose some locations that they've already used, don't be too surprised if they find a few new places to shoot.

The showrunners may also opt for locations that don't seem very difficult but become difficult as the show progresses. As an example, "Naked and Afraid XL" recently filmed in the bayou of Louisiana. Contestant Matt Wright spoke to People about it and said, "The bayou of Louisiana was harder than any of the other locations I went to." Another contestant, Steven Lee Hall, added, "Everything in Louisiana wants to kill you."

Fans of the series should also keep COVID-19 restrictions in mind. Certain countries have travel restrictions in place to prevent tourists from coming or going. As a result, the shooting locations for Season 14 may be limited.